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Pythagoras' Theorem in geometry question.
Sophie built a small tower, made of bricks, in her back garden. On top of it she fitted a large glass lightbulb holder.
The diagram shows it as part of a circle.
Centre, C, is 20 centimetres above the top of the wall.
1. Calculate the radius of the circular bulb holder.
2. Use this to find the total height of the structure.
Here's the diagram :

Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
radius of the circle is 20 cm (you really need to have a look at the definition of a radius)
total height = height of the wall + diameter of the circle

Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
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Kyleee Sophie built a small tower, made of bricks, in her back garden. On top of it she fitted a large glass lightbulb holder.
The diagram shows it as part of a circle.
Centre, C, is 20 centimetres above the top of the wall.
1. Calculate the radius of the circular bulb holder.
2. Use this to find the total height of the structure.
Here's the diagram :
Unless I'm missing something obvious isn't the radius 20cm?

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Just to let you guys know : I know what the radius is (half the diameter of a circle), but my teacher said it's an exam question and I'm in the highest maths class. How the heck can it be that easy?

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skeeter radius of the circle is 20 cm (you really need to have a look at the definition of a radius)
total height = height of the wall + diameter of the circle
I also thought of this too, but I didn't really think this was correct. I think I've did something like this before and I did it like the way you've just said it and I got it wrong. D:

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Sorry guys, the diagram is wrong, i'll upload the correct one in a minute. :D

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There! New diagram up; now can you help me? :D

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Kyleee There! New diagram up; now can you help me? :D
one word for you ... Pythagoras.

Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
Skeeter, I know it's pythagoras (that's what my teacher said), but where are the triangles? Please help, I really need to do this. D:

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Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
$\displaystyle r^2 = 22^2 + 15^2$

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skeeter $\displaystyle r^2 = 22^2 + 15^2$
Okay, I know this now, thanks.
But now I need to do question 2 : find the height of the whole thing.
Would I just double the answer and add it to 55? Orrrr...
Edit : Okay, that's totally wrong what I just said. I got muddled up. :P
Would I just do 20 + 55 + ? =

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Kyleee Okay, I know this now, thanks.
But now I need to do question 2 : find the height of the whole thing.
Would I just double the answer and add it to 55? Orrrr...
Edit : Okay, that's totally wrong what I just said. I got muddled up. :P
Would I just do 20 + 55 + ? =
where did 20 come from?

Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
Well, it's obvious to me that the line shown as 22 is really 20;
that makes radius = sqrt(15^2 + 20^2) = 25.
So height = 55 + 20 + 25 = 100.
All in favor raise your hands !!

Re: Please help with this maths question, it's quite easy, I just don't know it. :D
the diagram and the wording of the problem are inconsistent. this should be resolved.